Video Conferencing

Information Technology provides robust Video Conferencing solutions utilizing Tandberg high definition video conferencing units in our Amphitheaters and other large room settings. Lately IT has seen a growing need for a desktop to desktop video conferencing solution. Information Technology has reviewed several products that support, PC, Mac and some LINUX desktops and work on our campus network.

IT Reviewed Products:

Tandberg MOVI:user video conferencing between the large amphitheaters and other off site locations. This product does not however work off of the UMMS network. A user could not use this as a personal video conferencing application from home.

Skype: Skype began as a PC and Mac based internet telephone replacement and has grown to support video calling and other features. Skype does not allow one to participate in our large room Tandberg based video conferences. Skype does offer group video conferencing with a beta product for up to 6 people at no charge. Skype is easy to use both on campus, off campus and between the two. Skype requires users to locate each other on the system by searching for email address, phone number, full name or Skype name.

IT Recommendations:

Skype for desktop to desktop video conferencing on campus, off campus and between campus and off campus locations.

Tandberg MOVI if users have a need or desire to participate in enterprise video conferences from on the UMMS network Tandberg’s MOVI is your only choice.

   Group Video Conferencing  On Campus large room meetings  Can be use from on to off campus Can be use off campus 
 Skype  Beta, Free up to 6  No  Yes  Yes
 Tandberg MovI:  No  Yes  No  No
         

Users wishing to use any of these technologies must have a built in or an externally connected video camera. Information Technology also recommends the use of a headset for optimal audio quality. Links to recommended vendors are provided on the right of this page.

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